Fri, Jul 29, 2005 - Page 13 News List

Formoz spreads its wings

Fans of live music are expected to turn out in large numbers this weekend when the annual Formoz Festival once again sets up its stage

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

Along with this year's international headliners -- Moby and Lisa Loeb -- Formoz 2005 will also feature sets from 24 other overseas acts from five countries.

The international line-up from Japan includes punk acts The Vickers, Last Target, Kemuri, glam-rock combo Kishidan and indie pop act Roly Poly Rag Bear. Cantonese indie pop artist Seasons Lee is the most widely recognized of the four Hong Kong acts on offer this weekend, and South Korea's Mr Funky will be making a welcome return the Formoz Festival. The UK's indie rock combo Transition will perform this evening and the US' Liquid Gardens will take to the stage on Sunday.

Of course, the Formoz Festival is not only about international acts and TRA has included a potpourri of local bands. A total of 80 Taiwan-based acts will perform this year and while a majority of them already enjoy a sizable following on the local indie/alternative music scene, organizers have for the first time opted to include a good number of new acts.

In order to cope with the increase in the number of local bands TRA has added an extra stage. In addition to the traditional Wood, Fire, Wind and Mountain stages on which the festival's well-known acts will perform, Formoz 2005 will showcase a dozen new bands on the "Rock" stage.

Some of the top local acts worth checking out this weekend include politico-punksters LTK (濁水溪公社), psychobilly combo Chicken Rice (雞腿飯), jangle pop acts Won Fu (旺福), post-rock/modern folk trio Peppermint (薄荷葉) and masters of the Taiwan downbeat scene Tizzy Bac..

When and where to catch the Taipei Time's bands of note at Formoz Festival 2005

Tonight:

Wind Stage:

6:30pm - Kemuri / 9:30pm - Moby

Wood Stage:

7:30pm - The Deported / 8:30pm - Chicken Rice 雞腿飯

Fire Stage:

10:50pm - Black Hand Nakashi 黑手那卡西-工人樂隊

Mountain Stage:

6:30pm - Won Fu 旺福 / 7:30pm - Tizzy Bac

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 30:

Wind Stage:

5:30pm - Back Quarter 四分衛

7:20pm -Kishidan

9:20pm Chthonic 閃靈樂團

Mountain Stage:

5:30pm - Bad Daughter 壞女兒

Sunday, July 31

Wind Stage:

11pm - LTK 濁水溪公社

Wood Stage:

9:20pm - The Vickers

10:10pm - Last Target

Mountain Stage:

6:30pm - Peppermint 薄荷葉

9pm - Lisa Loeb

What: The Formoz Festival (野台開唱)

Where: The festival will take place at the Taipei Municipal Children's Recreational Center (台北市兒童育樂中心), which is located in Yuanshan Park (圓山公園) at 66, Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 3, Taipei (台北市中山北路3段66號).

When: Tonight, Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. The bands begin at 5:30pm and finish at roughly 11:30pm

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